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Pre 1897 thumbnails

Neg. No: [00075]
Neg. Size: 15"x12"
Neg. Date: 07-02-1900

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Sitter: Miss Jane May (stage name) ( ).

Miss Jane May (stage name)

Biog: "Sister of Edna May, the American actress and star of The Belle of New York, which had been a huge success for much of 1898 and the whole of 1899 at the Shaftesbury Theatre, London. When this photograph of Miss May was taken (7 February 1900) she was playing the part of Mamie Rowe in the musical comedy, Florodora, which ran at the Lyric Theatre, Shaftesbury Avenue from 11 November 1899 to 3 August 1900."

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Date: 7 February 1900.

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Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London.

Descr: H & S.

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Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: -

No of poses: 1.

NB published in the series STAGE FAVOURITES listed in 1904

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Who's Who in the Theatre. John Culme (

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Additional Information: In 1895 Miss May posed, as 'lady in fancy costume', for Lafayette's photograph ordered by John Player & Sons Ltd, Castle Tobacco Factory, Nottingham - see: PRO, Copy 1/420.

Acknowledgements: Identification and biographical material kindly provided by John Culme.